Prepare for the most monumental metal tour of 2022! Two of the world’s most revered heavy bands, Bay Area metal icons Machine Head and Sweden’s viking metal overlords Amon Amarth are teaming up for the colossal co-headline Vikings And Lionhearts arena tour set to rampage across Europe in September & October 2022.

Joining the metallic pairing to open the show are The Halo Effect, a new band featuring five luminaries of Swedish melodic death metal and pioneers of the genre; Peter Iwers, Daniel Svensson, Jesper Stromblad, Niclas Engelin and Mikael Stanne.

Tickets go on general sale here on Friday 5th November at 10am local time, with artist & venue pre-sales available from 10am Wednesday 3rd November and Live Nation’s pre-sale at 10am on Thursday 4th.

Check out the tour trailer here:

Machine Head frontman, Robb Flynn declares; “Head Cases and Lionhearts rejoice! It is with great pleasure we announce our triumphant return to your land to crush skulls, pummel circle pits, and deplete your beer supply!! Only this time we will not be alone. That’s right! For the first time in nearly a decade, MACHINE HEAD will be foregoing our usual “Evenings with…” to join forces with our battle-hardened brothers in the all-powerful AMON AMARTH, plus their fellow countrymen, THE HALO EFFECT. This absolute monster of a tour will kick off Autumn 2022 and will be the most devastating night of your metal lives. So get ready to raise your fists, raise your glasses, and bang your heads with us at the heaviest tour of the year! No one can resist the pure power of this epic alliance. We are coming for you!”

Amon Amarth are equally looking forward to it, stating “Vikings, we are called to raid again! They said it couldn’t be done, but epic measures must be taken in these turbulent times. AMON AMARTH is joining forces with our long-time lion-hearted friends in the almighty MACHINE HEAD to carve a path of destruction across Europe next Autumn. Your heathen souls must witness the full display of production by both bands, for what will be the most monumental metal event of the year. Joining the plunder will be Sweden’s THE HALO EFFECT who absolutely embody the spirit of the legendary Gothenburg sound. Keep an eye out for more news from us, as it’s almost time to grab your oars and row to victory. Stay safe, stay strong and raise your horns!”

Similarly thrilled are The Halo Effect, who inform us, “We are incredibly excited to announce that we will present this new band of ours on stages throughout Europe supporting the amazing MACHINE HEAD and AMON AMARTH next fall. This band started with an idea between old friends about doing something cool together, to somehow recapture the creativity and energy we felt growing up with metal in Gothenburg. Teaming up with two of the most respected and seasoned bands in the world of metal will be the perfect way to show what we are all about. See you in the front row!”

Tour Dates:

09/08 – NOTTINGHAM – Motorpoint Arena
09/09 – CARDIFF – Motorpoint Arena
09/10 – LONDON – The SSE Arena, Wembley
09/12 – MANCHESTER – AO Arena
09/13 – DUBLIN – 3Arena
09/16 – ZURICH – Hallenstadion
09/17 – VIENNA – Stadthalle
09/18 – KRAKOW – Tauron Arena
09/20 – TALLINN – Saku Arena
09/21 – HELSINKI – Ice Hall
09/23 – OSLO – Spektrum
09/24 – STOCKHOLM – Hovet
09/26 – COPENHAGEN – Forum Black Box
09/27 – HAMBURG – Barclays Arena
09/28 – FRANKFURT – Festhalle
09/30 – OBERHAUSEN – König Pilsener Arena
10/01 – BERLIN – Velodrome
10/02 – AMSTERDAM – Afas Live
10/04 – MILAN – Lorenzini District
10/06 – BARCELONA – Sant Jordi
10/07 – MADRID – Vistalegre
10/08 – LA CORUNA – Coliseum
10/09 – LISBON – Campo Pequeno
10/12 – PARIS – Zenith
10/14 – MUNICH – Olympiahalle
10/15 – LEIPZIG – Arena
10/16 – PRAGUE – Tipsport Arena
10/18 – BUDAPEST – Barba Negra
10/20 – ESCH SUR ALZETTE – Rockhal
10/21 – BRUSSELS – Forest National
10/22 – STUTTGART – Schleyerhalle

Artwork for ‘Viking and Lionhearts’ Tour 2022

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.